About half of all of the people in the world are women. Women, however, are grossly underrepresented when it comes to our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) workforce. That starts in our education system. According to the National Girls Collaborative Project, while girls at the K-12 level take STEM classes at about the same rate as boys, when they get to college, their interest drops exponentially.
Ah yes, humanity. The crowning evolutionary achievement thus far here on planet Earth. Everything from small microbes to massive dinosaurs have had their time on this planet to evolve and develop into their full cerebral capabilities. Out of all those billions upon billions of organisms that have been here, we seem to be the only ones to develop the mental capabilities that allow for language, advanced technology, and attempt to quench the curiosity about the natural world both within and light years away. All thanks to our big brains, but can any other animals outdo our mental abilities?
The summer sizzle is once again raising awareness of a naturally, environmentally-friendly way to help keep cool and avoid major runoffs from drenching rains. Nestled into the riverbank along the James, is the VCU Rice Rivers Center, the state’s first Platinum-rated LEEDS (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) building, whose crowning glory is a green roof.
During this year’s Atlantic hurricane season, NASA is re-doubling its efforts to probe the inner workings of hurricanes and tropical storms with two unmanned Global Hawk aircraft flying over storms and two new space-based missions. 88.9 WCVE Charles Fishburne has this report.
In the 1990's the computer market in America started to bloom. This was the era of dial up modems which connected machines to the internet via telephone cables. Soon after we started to see things go wireless and the internet became more accessible in various parts of the house or office building. Then we entered the world of mobile devices with internet access, now you can log on from the grocery store or driving range. So, what's next? Can we have internet literally everywhere?
In many other disciplines there may be multiple right answers. In science, we are often looking for a definitive cure, a global solution or the truth about our universe. We do deal in areas where much is at stake. It truly can be brain surgery or rocket science. Ensuring we are not surrounded by "yes" people is critical to the integrity of science.
Between the blue sky above us and the infinite blackness of space lies a frontier full of enigmas that scientists have only just begun to investigate. “At the Edge of Space” takes viewers on a spectacular exploration to probe the earth-space boundary zone, home to some of nature’s most puzzling and alluring phenomena: the shimmering aurora, streaking meteors, and fleeting flashes that shoot upwards from thunderclouds, known as sprites.
Our memories are arguably the most important thing we have. Nearly every moment of our lives is predicated upon the past and our learned experiences, for better or for worse. For some the aging process becomes a battle to retain memories. This had scientists asking an interesting question: How can we bring back lost memories? Listen to this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginia to find out.
Special Science Matters report from 88.9 WCVE correspondent, Charles Fishburne – Virginia has one of the nation’s 12 proton therapy centers for radiation treatment of tumors. The Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute is a 225 million dollar facility, built of 85 million pounds of concrete and 430 tons of steel.